Refresh Your Home With the Finest Varieties of Spider Plants

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By Ashley Hanson

Updated: Mar 13, 2024

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    Plants are an essential part of the interior and exterior home decor to uplift the visual appeal of the house. Amongst all the plants, spider plants are the preferred choice of homeowners because of their effortless maintenance feature, flexible water schedule, and availability in numerous colors and patterns. If you are a beginner or keep too busy to spare time for watering the plants, you have landed on the right page as we will cover in detail all about the low-maintenance spider plant (features, types, and how to grow it). Let's have a look.

    All You Should Know About Spider Plants

    Spider plant is a perennial known as a "Chlorophytum comosum" (botanical name). There are many species in this category, such as an airplane plant, ribbon plants, and spider ivy plants. The height of spider plants goes up to 24 inches, and the leaves go up to 18 inches.

    Homeowners love these plants because of their air-purifying quality. It is available in various green and white stripes in nurseries with a unique look. The best feature is that leaves grow upward and arch outward, filling the surroundings with its gorgeous beauty. Growing these plants is easy; all you need to do is pluck siderites (they appear once white flowers bloom) from the mother plant and replant.

    Origin of Spider Plants

    South Africa is the origin of spider plants, where they grow in the mountain and river regions. The structure has a fleshy root, white and green stripes on the long and narrow leaves.

    Features of Spider Plants

    These plants have two varieties- variegated and non-variegated. Variegated plants are preferred for indoor homes, so in this article we’ll discuss the variegated species. The leaves are either straight or curly; they require high humidity for robust growth and prefer temperatures between 70 - 90 degrees. It requires less water, so over-watering may cause root rot and fungal disease in the plant. These plants are non-toxic, so it's best for you if you have pets at home.

    Tips to Grow Spider Plants

    There are a few tips to help you grow a healthy spider plant. Some of them are to water the plant regularly, at least once a week, increase the humidity around the plant if leaves turn crispy, reduce the amount of fertilizer if leaves turn brown, and avoid over watering the plants because overwatering may spoil the plants. Always grow these plants in an area with bright indirect sunlight, such as a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. A well-drained organic potting is best suited to them.

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    How to Grow Spider Plants

    First of all, select the perfect place to grow spider plants where they can get indirect sunlight and moderate humidity. Then, remove the plant from the container, massage the roots to wipe old soil, take a big planter with a drainage hole, fill it with a well-drained potting mixture, and place it in the pot.

    Different Types of Spider Plants

    Reverse Spider Plant

    Reverse Spider Plant
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    This is a rare spider plant with a distinct visual appearance, unlike other plant varieties. If you look closely, you will notice that the leaves have green in the middle with a pale yellow border. This feature gives the reverse spider plant a unique look.

    Bonnie Spider Plant

    Bonnie Spider Plant
    Photo: Ohio Tropics

    It is a common species of spider plant found across the world. The curly leaves of the houseplant blend well with any of the home designs, be it in the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, making it a versatile plant. They grow up to 8 inches, so you can keep them anywhere, but ensure the place has indirect sunlight and mild and humid temperatures. The plant can accentuate the look of the indoor area with its gorgeous beauty.

    Variegated Spider Plant

    Variegated Spider Plant
    Photo: Kadiyam Nursery

    Variegated spider plants have straight leaves, unlike the bonnie plant. It enhances the aesthetic element of the place with its bright green leaves with a yellow border, especially when kept in a well-lit area. The best thing is you can find it easily in any nursery. Providing the right growing conditions with indirect sunlight, humid climate, and arid-free soil will result in healthy growth.

    Airplane Spider Plant

    Airplane Spider Plant
    Photo: BHG / Juli Lopez-Castillo

    These houseplants are recognized for their signature curved solid green leaves that look gorgeous. It can transform a dull corner into a visually appealing space. Opt for the plant to add a pop of color to the indoor area with a low-maintenance feature and less sunlight requirement.

    Ocean Spider Plant

    Ocean Spider Plant
    Photo: Pulpy Garden

    The plant is named the ocean because it spreads out from the pot, extending the look of an ocean with invisible boundaries. It is suitable for any space, as thin green leaves with delicate ivory borders add a pop of color to the surroundings. The Ocean spider plant achieves a maximum height of eight inches and adds calmness around the area with beautiful white flowers. Low maintenance is the best feature of the Ocean spider plant.

    Zebra Spider Plant

    Zebra Spider Plant
    Photo: The Garden Fix

    The plane has derived its name from the Zebra due to the resemblance of stripes, but not in white and black. The stripes of the leaves are greenish yellow with thin cream stripes on the margin. These plants can grow up to 22 inches and mature within no time. This is a smart idea to decorate the house with vertical designs.

    Green Spider Plant

    Green Spider Plant
    Photo: Grow It Mobile

    If you are looking for a solid green spider variety, the green spider plant is meant for your home. With solid green leaves with no cream or yellow stripes, it looks simple yet striking. The sad part is it is not easily available and is expensive, but the maintenance is easy, just like other spider plants.

    Hawaiian Spider Plant

    Hawaiian Spider Plant
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    The roots of the plant lie on Hawaii Island, from where it derived its name. However, it is now found in all parts of the world. It is one of the rare varieties of spider plants with green leaves and yellow stripes in the center, unlike other varieties of spider plants that have yellow stripes along the border. It is known as the "Golden Glow" or "Golden Light" plant that grows up to 12 inches, making it an ideal choice to brighten the dark corners of the house.

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    Fire Flash Spider Plant

    Fire Flash Spider Plant
    Photo: UK House Plants

    The fire flash spider plant looks completely different from the usual variety of spider plants. It has derived the name "fire flash" because orange-colored stems look similar to the core of the fire. The leaves of this rare variety are solid green with thin yellow stripes in the middle. This is ideal to grow in open space as it grows up to two feet tall and wide.

    Bichetii Grass Spider Plant

    Bichetii Grass Spider Plant
    Photo: Etsy

    This elegant plant looks similar to other varieties of spider plants. The leaves are thin and light green with a cream border; the plant can grow up to one foot tall and requires a good amount of sunlight, humidity, and warmth to grow. You can keep it on the center table or in a corner to add aesthetics, but ensure it gets enough sunlight.

    Spider Flower Plant

    Spider Flower Plant
    Photo: Plantin

    This purple flower plant has derived its name because of the resemblance of the stamen to the spider's legs. The roots of flower plants lie in South America. Spider flower plants are ideal for an outdoor area. It can enliven the space with its green stamens and beautiful purple flowers with a firework effect.


    There are multiple options when it comes to indoor plants, but the spider plant is the most preferred variety due to its qualities of low maintenance, less requirement of sunlight and humidity, air purification, and, undoubtedly, its visual appeal. Spider plants are the perfect choice for indoor and outdoor areas. There are many types of spider plants to choose from to fulfill your requirements.


    How Many Types of Spider Plants Are There?

    There are 12 types of spider plants: reverse, bonnie, variegated, spider flower, Bichetii Grass, fire flash, Hawaii, Zebra, ocean, green spider, airplane spider, and spider flower. Choose the one that suits your requirements.

    How to Care for a Spider Plant?

    Most of the spider plants are low-maintenance. You need to water them at regular intervals, maybe once a week, keep them in indirect sunlight, and ensure they get humidity.

    How Much Sun Do Spider Plants Need?

    Spider plants mostly need indirect sunlight for robust growth and good maintenance.

    What is a Rare Spider Plant Type?

    The rare spider plant is Hawaii, solid green and fire flash. These plants are not available easily in nurseries. You will have to search for it online and at local nurseries.

    How Long Will a Spider Plant Live?

    With proper maintenance and favorable growing conditions, spider plants can last between 20-50 years.

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